22
May
2012
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05:53 PM
America/New_York

Great Dane Manufacturing Facility Builds Its 100,000th Trailer

Terre Haute, Indiana plant achieves milestone when Champion CP dry van rolls off production line.

SAVANNAH, GA – Great Dane's manufacturing facility in Terre Haute, Ind. recently celebrated the completion of its 100,000th trailer. The 17-year old plant was the site of a ceremony and press conference on Wednesday, Feb. 1 to commemorate the milestone.

"When our 100,000th trailer rolled off the production line, there was an immediate, overwhelming sense of achievement for Great Dane and the outstanding products we build here and also a feeling of accomplishment for our people," said Cory Lookebill, plant manager at Great Dane's Terre Haute facility. "Hundreds of employees come here everyday because they are dedicated, hard-working Americans who take pride in their work and being part of the Great Dane family. That deep sense of pride is what makes American manufacturing companies and products the very best in the world."

Great Dane's 565,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Terre Haute started up in April, 1995 with a single production line. A second line was added just a few months later to keep up with demand for the dry freight vans built there. Nearly 2,700 trailers were completed during the first year of operation. Today, Great Dane's Terre Haute plant employs more than 450 people and builds more than 8,000 trailers annually for some of the nation's largest fleets, including Estes Express, UPS and Celadon Group, Inc. The 100,000th trailer to come off the line was an all-new Champion CP freight van built especially for Celadon Group, Inc., a loyal customer of Great Dane's since the early 1990s.

Today, Great Dane's Terre Haute plant employs more than 450 people and builds more than 8,000 trailers annually for some of the nation's largest fleets, including Estes Express, UPS and Celadon Group, Inc. The 100,000th trailer to come off the line was an all-new Champion CP freight van built especially for Celadon Group, Inc., a loyal customer of Great Dane's since the early 1990s.

"We consider ourselves very fortunate to have such a solid, longstanding partnership with Great Dane. They are a vital component in Celadon's mission to provide top quality equipment to our customers and maintain one of the youngest fleets in the industry," commented Paul Will, vice chairman, president and chief operating officer at Celadon Group, Inc. "Our relationship is made even more special with the 100,000th Great Dane trailer being built by Hoosiers right here in our home state. Celadon has made a commitment to support and grow the Hoosier economy wherever possible, and we could not be more pleased to have such a valued partner as Great Dane right here in Indiana. We congratulate Great Dane on this momentous milestone and we thank them for their unwavering dedication to our business."

The Terre Haute manufacturing facility has the capacity to build the popular Champion SE and CP dry van models.

Great Dane, a manufacturer of dry van, refrigerated and platform trailers, has long been regarded as the industry leader in technology, innovation and quality. The company has division offices in Savannah, Ga., and Chicago, Ill., with manufacturing plants and parts distribution centers strategically-located throughout the United States. Great Dane's network of company-owned branches, full-line independent dealers and parts-only independent dealers offer distribution points for both trailers and aftermarket parts across North and South America. Great Dane can be accessed online at www.greatdanetrailers.com.

Wholly-owned subsidiary Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies, acquired in 2010, is the innovator and manufacturer of custom fiberglass, specialized refrigerated truck bodies and all-electric refrigeration solutions. Such markets include dairy, meat, frozen food, live poultry, and ice. Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies can be accessed on-line at www.johnsontruckbodies.com.